Hildur Guðnadóttir Wins Golden Globe For Joker The Reykjavik Grapevine

Hildur Guðnadóttir Wins Golden Globe For Joker

Published January 6, 2020

Sam O'Donnell
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Timothée Lambrecq

Hildur Guðnadóttir has won the Golden Globe for Best Original Score for ‘Joker’. This is the first time a woman has won this award as a solo composer in the history of the Golden Globes. The last woman to be nominated for the award was Karen O, for her work with Carter Burwell in ‘Where the Wild Things Are’. The last time a woman took home the Golden Globe was when Lisa Gerrard won alongside Hans Zimmer in 2001 for Gladiator.

“I’m speechless. This is unbelievable,” she said, accepting the award. She thanked Todd Phillips, the director, and Joaquin Phoenix, who played the titular role. She credited the recent focus on gender equality in the entertainment industry for opening the doors on high-profile opportunities for her.

Hildur also won an Emmy last year for her work on ‘Chernobyl,’ a score which has been nominated for a Grammy as well. It’s a cinch she’ll win an Academy Award for ‘Joker’ in February.

We were lucky enough to have interviewed her in 2018. Only time will tell what she will do in the future. Maybe she’ll win a Tony in 2021 (we hope so). For now, her work in both ‘Joker’ and ‘Chernobyl’ stands out as pure genius. Go watch them if you haven’t already.

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